Pinal County

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced today that influenza activity is now widespread in Arizona. 
Pinal County has also identified this recent trend upward in flu activity.  As of December 20th, the Pinal County Public Health Department has confirmed 244 cases of influenza compared to 14 at this time last year. Pinal County also identified its first influenza related death of the season this week, an elderly resident of the county that passed away after being admitted to a local hospital.
Influenza (also known as flu) causes thousands of deaths each year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older gets a yearly flu shot. Getting vaccinated each year against flu protects you and the people around you who may be more vulnerable to serious illness due to the flu, such as pregnant women, young children, people age 65 and older, and people with asthma or other chronic medical conditions.

In cooperation with Santa Cruz County and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Pinal County Officials have issued a warning to those individuals living near the Santa Cruz River to beware of E. coli bacteria that could be in the water. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality have found that samples taken near the partial breach of an untreated sewage line in Nogales, Arizona, contain levels of E. coli bacteria that exceed recommended levels.  The partial breach was detected on July 25, 2017 and the flow runs into the Santa Cruz River.

This week, during routine mosquito surveillance, the Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) detected the first West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes in the county this season, more specifically in the San Tan Valley area.  Mosquito surveillance data is used to help determine the risk of mosquito borne disease to Pinal County residents and visitors and it guides PCPHSD's disease prevention efforts.

Firefighters battling the Roach Fire in Pinal County have the fire 95% contained with full containment expected in the next few days.
Due to the aggressive attack of the fire, many firefighters will be released in the next 24 hours. The fire will be minimally staffed and the remaining crews will be utilized to patrol the fire’s perimeter and watch for hotspots. A few firefighters will also remain on standby due to smoldering Cottonwood tree stands, high winds which could cause flare ups, and possible lightning strike-caused fires from the monsoon storms.
Firefighters continue to gain ground on the Roach Fire burning near Dudleyville in eastern Pinal County and now have the fire 75% contained.
More than 200 firefighters from across Arizona and the Southwest are working to ensure fire lines are holding up due to gusty winds associated with the afternoon monsoons storms. Crews also continue to patrol for hot spots and possible new starts because of lightning strikes.


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